The UK: The stabbing-murder of MP David Amess is a terrorist incident

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The Telegraph later announced that a 25-year-old suspect, a British national of “Somalian heritage,” was arrested and that the police are not looking for any additional suspects.

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A Conservative MP was murdered in Essex today, October 15th. According to LBC, “Police responded to reports of a stabbing at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea this afternoon. Armed police and forensics officers were seen outside the church after the stabbing.

MP Sir David Amess, 69, was stabbed at the scene with a large police presence there shortly before 1pm today.”

The Telegraph reports that “Essex Police said the response of the emergency services to the incident was immediate and officers arrived at the scene within minutes.”

Amess, a Tory MP who represented Southend West in Essex since 1997, was at Belfairs Methodist Church as part of a “constituent surgery,” at which point, Sky News reports, “a man walked [in]…and stabbed him multiple times.” A constituent surgery is a form of meeting in UK politics in which MPs meet directly with their constituents and those constituents can express their concerns about governance issues.

ew other details are currently known about the attack. One source, as ZeroHedge reports, said that Sir Amess was stabbed three times by the attacker. Only one attacker was reported.

Initially, Sir Amess was treated at the scene for life-threatening injuries and a Conservative Party source told Sky News that an air ambulance was at the scene of the attack.

Later, however, around 3 pm English Time, police announced that Sir Amess died of his wounds at the scene of the stabbing.

The Telegraph later announced that a 25-year-old suspect, a British national of “Somalian heritage,” was arrested and that the police are not looking for any additional suspects.

Anthony Fitch, who was near the church in the immediate aftermath of the attack, watched police lead the suspect away from the scene and told the Mirror that “He was taken away by two officers with armed police behind him. He didn’t make any noise.”

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